Have an Acer laptop with Win7 OS and Western Digital HD. Win7 OS seems to be pooched on Acer box. Removed HD and installed to 2.5 enclosure to recover files. Connected to XP OS and Win Explorer shows "SYSTEM RESERVED (E: )" with sub directories Boot, Sys Vol Info, and Local Disk (F: ). Clicking on any of these directories returns a result of "The disk in drive F is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" Also tried connecting HD/enclosure to Win7 desktop with same result.
Surely don't want to format it. Is there a way to recognize Win7 data on an XP box using the enclosure connection?
Thanks for the link to the WD tool! The drive is definitely pooched. "Too many bad sectors to complete test..." Let the extended test run for nearly 30 hours on the second try. Then tried extended test on another good WD drive and passed in 40 minutes. Appreciate the help. Already ordered a replacement.